EDUARD TORNADO TREATS

EDUARD TORNADO TREATS

The Czech firm has released a bunch of useful and high-quality accessories for modellers building the mighty Panavia Tornado in RAF service. CHRIS CLIFFORD investigates…

EDUARD TORNADO TREATS

Eduard’s Brassin range of mostly resin aftermarket accessories grows by the month, and recent additions cater for the Tornado in 1/72 scale. It’s a stores-heavy collection, although a lavish cockpit is also included. The items are:

672246 AIM-132 ASRAAM £3.54 (above)
The Advanced Short-Range Air-to-Air Missile was employed by both Tornado F.3 and GR.4. Here, Eduard provides two units in resin, with photo-etched (PE) brass rocket motor endplates. Decals are also supplied, enabling the portrayal of live and practice missiles. The weapons are well cast, and wispy sections of flash need removing from the rear fin area, as well as the whole missiles needing to be separated from their casting blocks.

EDUARD TORNADO TREATS

672265 Sky Shadow ECM Pod £3.94
Ever-present on GR Tornados, this interesting store comes in four resin parts and ably replicates the aircraft’s long-serving electronic countermeasures device. All the requisite lumps and bumps of this pod are present, along with positive fin mounting points. Decals are included.

EDUARD TORNADO TREATS

672266 ALARM Missiles £5.30
Britain’s ’wild weasel’ counterpart to the US AGM-88 HARM, the Air Launched Anti-Radiation Missile was carried by GR Tornados, although it was also trialled on the Leeming-based 11 Squadron F.3 ZE763/DG. Eduard’s set offers four missiles mostly in resin, with individual fins (the front fins are in PE), adapters and launch rails. An extensive decal sheet is also present.

EDUARD TORNADO TREATS

672271 JP233 Dispenser £6.12
This was the RAF Tornado’s hulking area-denial weapon, which spewed SG357 cratering sub-munitions, and HB876 anti-personnel mines. Two resin replicas are offered by Eduard, both comprising two parts each. We not quite sure why the upper surfaces of these stores are covered in tiny rivet holes (they were smooth-skinned on top), but the indentations can simply be filled. The undersides have engraving to denote the ports for the mines/cratering weapons, and a small decal sheet of stencils is included.

EDUARD TORNADO TREATS

672274 Tornado GR.1 Cockpit £8.84
This is an exquisite gem, designed to fit the Revell kit (recently re-boxed by Eduard. You get a well-appointed resin cockpit tub, seats, instrument panels, a control column, Martin-Baker Mk.10 seats and their seat-pan firing handles. Also provided are plain/pre-printed PE parts replicating seat harnesses, rudder pedals, canopy framing with integral mirrors, canopy sills and a head-up display.

Call it what you will - ‘Tonka’, ‘The Fin’ or ‘Electric Flick knife’ - the Tornado is a perennial favourite with modellers, and Eduard’s accessories have wide applications for many different 1/72 kits, whether they be Revell, Hasegawa, Airfix, ESCI or Italeri. More details can be found at: www.eduard.com